The coat of the Dutch Shepherd is its distinguishing feature. The breed consists of three types, which vary according to the coat: shorthaired, longhaired, and wirehaired. Aside from the coat, all three types are identical in appearance. It has muscular limbs and a well-balanced frame. Its chest is deep and the ribcage is slightly sprung. The facial features are dark and it has a pointed muzzle. The ears are large and triangular. Its tail hangs down below the hocks. The coat is long, short, or coarse.
The Dutch Shepherd can easily be labeled its ownerтАЩs best friend. The breed is not only devoted to its owner and family, but actually offers expressions of joy when around its family. It is an energetic breed that is a skilled worker and one that knows how to play. They will do all right around children and other pets, but due to their high energy should be monitored when interacting with children that are very young. It is intelligent and will actually enjoy training. As easy going as the breed is, it can quickly make a stranger to its ownerтАЩs home feel unwelcome.
Height and Weight
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is about 22-25 inches tall and weighs an average of 65-67 pounds.
There are no significant health problems associated with the Dutch Shepherd Dog.
Ideal Living Conditions
The Dutch Shepherd Dog can withstand varying degrees of temperatures. It is suitable for both indoors and outdoors. The breed may become inactive if kept indoors for long periods of time. Inactivity can compromise the breed’s health and lead to health problems, which are usually uncharacteristic of the breed.
There are very few breeds that are as healthy as the Dutch Shepherd Dog. It loves physical activity; the more challenging the better. A regular regimen of physical exercise will keep the breed content and healthy. Owners that workout on a regular basis or who perform physical activity on a regular basis are best with this breed.
The average life expectancy of the Dutch Shepherd Dog is 12-14 years.
The average litter size of the Dutch Shepherd Dog is 8-12 puppies.
Grooming of the Dutch Shepherd Dog depends on the type. Types other than the wirehaired need brushing, but the longhaired types require more brushing, especially during times of shedding. Types with more coarse fur may require more bathing.
The Dutch Shepherd Dog is either a brown or gray or combination of both colors. It typically has stripes of either of the colors as well.